About

Biography

Cristina Guitian is an award-winning illustrator and mural artist. Now based in London, she was born and raised in Madrid. As a child Cristina was quiet and introvert and this encouraged her to develop her own inner world. Soon Cristina was creating a visual language of her own, combining real and surreal, animal and human. This grew into a complete mythological world of calligraphy, populated by characters with reimagined limbs, machines that defied the laws of mechanics. 

Cristina’s world is filled with visual metaphors and whimsical humour. The mood is difficult to define, yet instantly recognisable. Happy and uplifting, yet dark, it opens closed doors and throws light into hidden corners. This intriguing energy drives Cristina’s creativity. You can see it in the huge 26 and 38 metre murals in the AMC Hospital in Amsterdam and in her interactive installation for WeTheCurious, the Museum of Science in Bristol. 

You’ll see her detailed fine line drawings and minimal colour palette in commissions for a client list that extends from Google and Greggs to the Guardian and Headspace. Her illustrations and murals have been exhibited in London, New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Madrid. 

 

Clients & commissioners

Google, Nike, Headspace, Kensington Palace, Diesel, Cointreau, Virgin Media, Volkswagen, The Guardian, We The Curious (Bristol Science Museum), Greggs, Waitrose, Tesco magazine, Shell, SOS (Save Our Seas), MSWA (Multiple Sclerosis Society), McCann Healthcare, Saatchi & Saatchi, Dalziel&Pow, TBWA, Draftfcb, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Digitas, JWT, Fnac, Savanna, Quintessencially magazine, Banco Santander, The AOI, QED publishing, Quest magazine, Design Council, V&A.

 

Events, collaborations & others

2020 Sustain, stand mural, Hall&Partners @ Quirks Event, London
2020 AI Design workshop, infographic illustrations, Design Council, London
2019 CFA Institute Conference, graphic recording, ExCeL, London
2018 We the curious, interactive installation with Daziel&Pow for Science Museum, Bristol
2018 IoN Congress, calligraphy banner, Salders Wells, London
2018 Indeed Inclusion Forum, graphic recording, The Power of Allies, London
2017 Eudaemonia, on site illustrations, YMCA Club, London
2015 Triptic, drawing improvisation event, Tripspace, London
2013 Victoria Revealed, exhibition display and illustrations, Kensington Palace, London
2013 Mirando al Cielo, street art festival, Vang!, Menorca
2013 Palmeras, live installation, Cr8net Conference, London
2012 Exhibition Match, ping pong table customisation, Vintage Hayward Gallery, London
2011 The Poundshop, jewellery, Design Week, London
2011 Tattoo Parlour, live event, V&A Friday Late, London
2011 Where is my Mind, collaboration, 125 Magazine, London
2010 Psychedelic Christmas, cards event, Somerset House, London
2010 Pair of Rabbits, live event, V&A Friday Late, London
2008 Colour Me, workshop, London Festival of Architecture, London
2008 The Art of Football, live painting, Nike, London

 

Exhibitions

2019 Koppel Project Summer Show, Koppel Project gallery, London
2019 Conversa Voa, Casa Voa, Rio de Janeiro
2018 No Borders, Miscelanea, Barcelona
2015 Mythology, Drawing Book, Sydney
2014 Outside Fixed Patterns, Art Represent, London
2013 Monsters, Drawing Book, Sydney
2012 Ghosts of Gone Birds, Onca Gallery, Brighton
2011 Capetown II, Hostal Delvi, Madrid
2011 Manos Negras, Jealous Gallery, London
2010 Images 34, London College of Communication, London
2010 Portraits of my life as a Bird, solo exhibition, The Print House Gallery, London
2010 The Decked Project, The Coningsby Gallery, London
2009 Images 33, London College of Communication, London
2009 Art in Industry, Shunt, London
2009 Ocho Número Atómico, ROJO artspace, Barcelona
2009 Ocho Delicate Nature, ROJO artspace, Milano
2008 Lugares hechos de Silencio, Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo
2008 Spread the Lead, Gallery Hanahou, New York
2008 Art in Industry, Shunt, London
2008 El Comilón, deConstruct, Amsterdam
2007 DB Illustrate, Design Week, London

 

Artist practice: Cristina Reyes

Cristina also develops her art practice experimenting with object-based works outside of the illustration format. For this body of work Cristina works under her alter-ego’s name Cristina Reyes.